by Xavier Ruste, France (Feb
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Description & comments ? Big village built on water. The main
touristy city built on water in the area is ZhouZhuang but it is said that Tongli is
more authentic because there aren't as many tourists. ZhouZhuang is very often overcrowded because it is better renovated, it is on the World cultural heritage list too... See both !
These places give you an idea of what the old Suzhou once was. Nice antiques and food market. Very
peaceful place (except he main street and its markets). I was there during the
October holydays and it was not very crowded, which is not the case in Suzhou or ZhouZhuang at that time.
What to do ? Walk in the small streets, can take the boat through the village
What you may not like ? Canals are not very clean / Some Chinese tourist coaches sometimes as the place becomes more and more famous
Where to eat ? Many small cheap
See also the trip from Suzhou
Backpacker's Tips : Praveen Kumar, India (Feb 05)
ę Tongli is indeed heaven on earth! The places are beautiful and the
evening walk is the best thing to do. There is a hotel called SanLianYuan which
charges about 140 Rmb per night and its pretty decent for 140 Rmb. Off peak
season it might be lesser. There are some resorts too which might be little more
expensive. There is also a Tourist hotel when you enter Tongli Town and walk for
about 5 minutes.
The tickets cost 80 Rmb for a bunch of many attractions or individual
attractions cost 10 or 15 rmb. Ticket to enter the ancient town costs 25 Rmb.
After 6 pm entering Ancient town is free. A boat ride costs 60 rmb irrespective
of the number of people. So if you are in a group take a boat to see around. Its
pretty small town and everything can be covered by walking. No need for the boat
Luo Xing Islet costs 10 Rmb fee including the ferry fee. Itís a good place to
visit in Tongli. Some museums and convention halls are good to see too.
People are extremely friendly and there is not traffic or much air pollution
like Suzhou. You can enjoy a lovely dinner sitting by the canal watching some
boat pass by while the small restaurant cooks some nice Suzhou food.
Tongli is peaceful, serene, calm, quiet and a MUST SEE!!
There is a Sex Museum, which costs 20 yuan but itís just so-so.Ľ